2 months and 15 days have passed since I set foot in Mexico and tonight I board a bus leaving Oaxaca behind for Mexico City. To be honest, I’m actually quite sad to leave today. There is a magical energy here that anyone who visits or lives here can attest to! I knew Oaxaca would be exciting, but I didn’t think I would learn so much and make such a deep connection to the place and its people. To imagine that I barely spoke Spanish when I arrived!!!
I’m so so so thankful for: my amazing roommates, beautiful pink casa and mascotas, Canela y Josephine; learning to cook moles and tamales and frijoles; every late night tlayuda; the patience of all my salsa and cumbia partners; an incredible birthday party; all the artists who shared their skills, knowledge y talleres; every conversation about the end of the world; everyone who gave me a ride; all the wisdom of formerly undocumented workers who have left and returned; every abuelita in the mercado; every color and every blossom of every tree; being “cleansed” in the mountains; cocos en la playa; hierve el agua; pueblo basketball courts and players of all ages; FIESTAS FIESTAS FIESTAS; all the elote guys & jugo guys; all the older extranjeros who shared their memories with me; all the niños y niñas who actually understood my spanish; the magic and mystical energy de la tierra!!!; my spanish teacher, Mercedes; my yoga teacher, Laurie; my piñatero amigo, Javier; my German intercambio, Carlos; and all the other incredible people along the way whom I may never see again- you are rad and I love you!
Now I’m off to big bad Mexico City to study Spanish at UNAM and I cannot express how excited I am to be in a world of learning– a whole city actually! UNAM’s student population for the 2011-12 academic year was a whopping 324,413!!!
Here are some Instagrams from my time in Oaxaca! If you’re interested in coming here or want to know more about it, please let me know, I’d be happy to share more about this wonderful place- the google map is in the works….